PALISADE — The Nov. 13 Phenology Fish Fry with John Latimer at Long Lake Conservation Center raised $3,298 in scholarships for children to attend nature school.

A crowd of more than 60 people attended the event, which included a walleye and wild rice feast, and a tour of Long Lake’s bog led by Latimer, a renowned area phenologist, someone who studies recurring natural phenomena. In addition to a $40 admission fee, money was raised through a raffle prize drawing and other donations. Latimer also donated his speaking fee to the scholarship fund.

“Because of the generosity of Mr. Latimer, and everyone who attended, 25 students will be able to attend a full three-day, two-night nature school field trip at Long Lake,” Long Lake Manager Dave McMillan said in a news release. “That’s an entire classroom of students who will get a hands-in-the-dirt, immersive nature experience.”

Phenologist John Latimer looks at a signed and numbered canvas Long Lake poster he received as a gift from Long Lake Conservation Center. 
Contributed / Long Lake Conservation Center
Phenologist John Latimer looks at a signed and numbered canvas Long Lake poster he received as a gift from Long Lake Conservation Center. Contributed / Long Lake Conservation Center

Foundation member Roland Hill donated the fresh Red Lake walleye and wild rice, and Wendie and Jim Bright donated beer, wine and soda for the event. Because of this, 100% of funds raised will go to scholarships.

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Latimer, a retired mail carrier from rural Grand Rapids, has spent years learning everything he can about the region’s weather, plants and animals, and becoming an icon among area naturalists. Latimer hosts a popular weekly Phenology show on KAXE radio.

The Long Lake Conservation Foundation is a nonprofit that supports the Conservation Center’s mission of environmental education and in particular, the teaching of the wise-use of natural resources.

To donate to Long Lake, go to llcfoundation.org/scholarships or contact Long Lake at 218-768-4653.